We are beginning a new sermon series this Sunday October, 9th.  We will be taking the next several weeks to talk about how to grow as disciples of Christ.  Jesus calls each of us to follow Him and then by the way we live and love we are to invite others.  Here is our schedule for the next 6 weeks:

10/9 – Radical Hospitality – Romans 15:1-13

10/16 – Extravagant Generosity – 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

10/23 – Passionate Worship – John 15:1-17

10/30 – Intentional Faith Development – Ephesians 4:17-24

11/6 – All Saints Day Service (one service at 10:00 a.m.) – Hebrews 12:1

11/13 – Risk Taking Mission and Service – Micah 6:6-8

As we prepare for worship this Sunday, please read Romans 15:1-13 each day, several times a day. Along with the scripture here is a quote to also prepare us for worship, from the book “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations”:

“It [radical hospitality] describes a genuine love for others who are not yet a part of the faith community, an outward focus, a reaching out to those not yet known, a love that motivates church members to openness and adaptability, a willingness to change behaviors in order to accommodate the needs and receive the talents of newcomers. Beyond intention, hospitality practices the gracious love of Christ, respects the dignity of others, and expresses God’s invitation to others, not our own. Hospitality is a mark of Christian discipleship, a quality of Christian community, a concrete expression of commitment to grow in Christ-likeness by seeing ourselves as part of the community of faith, ‘not to be served but to serve’ (Matthew 20:28). By practicing hospitality, we become part of God’s invitation to new life, showing people that God in Christ values them and loves them.”

I would also encourage you to get the book Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Robert Schnase and read along as we learn and grow into what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in our world today.